7 Summer Flowers and What They Represent April 24, 2018 06:20

Los Angeles Florist
There are few better ways to brighten someone's day than a beautiful bouquet, especially in the summertime when there are all sorts of colorful blooms on display.

What makes a summer bouquet even more special? A careful pairing of the flowers and their meanings--from Victorian times to ancient China, you have a lot of symbolism to work with.

Here are seven of our favorite summer blossoms and what they mean (plus a few of our products that feature the flower!)

1. Dahlias

At the top of our list is a classic: the dahlia.

The dahlia is a classic choice for bouquets because of its visual appeal--layers of geometric petals add body to an arrangement, while the bright colors of dahlias make the whole bunch pop.

Dahlias have a long history and several meanings. You might have thought of the infamous Black Dahlia (fun fact: the black dahlia flower is actually burgundy and is often tied to a warning of coming betrayal).

However, the common dahlia can include any of the following meanings:

  • Staying graceful under pressure
  • Drawing on your inner strength
  • Standing out from the crowd
  • Making a major, positive life change

Got a friend going through some rough times? Use some dahlia flowers and their meanings to encourage them to stand strong and stay graceful. Our Dahlia Delight arrangement is a great option.

2. Peonies

Peonies are among the most popular wedding flowers and for a good reason.

These giant, delicate pink blossoms are a joy to smell and a greater joy to behold--no wonder they come in every color except blue.

The peony has a variety of meanings across the world. In their native China, peonies are a symbol of honor, beauty, riches, and royalty. In fact, the Chinese word for peony roughly translates to "most beautiful".

In the West, they're often a symbol of good fortune, happiness, and everlasting prosperity, which makes them a great choice for a wedding flower.

We love seeing peonies in action in our Simple Sophistication bouquet, featuring a group of gorgeous blush-colored peonies tied with a peach ribbon.

3. Morning Glories

Have you ever stepped outside early on a summer morning just to be greeted by these brilliant blue beauties? We can't blame you.

Morning glories are named for their short lifespan--they bloom after sunrise, close by the afternoon and die by the evening.

Because of this, morning glory flowers and their meanings are often dual. They often mean love, but not a straightforward love. In fact, they're often taken to mean either restricted love, love in vain, or the mortality of life.

Morning glories in a bouquet or arrangement are therefore a sign to enjoy the fleeting, happy moments of life whenever they arise because you don't know when they'll be gone.

4. Sunflowers

What flower says summer more than a bright, cheery bunch of sunflowers?

They're warm and inviting with an unmistakeable sun-like appearance and deep yellow petals. But don't get caught in the easy symbolism--sunflowers actually have quite a rich history.

Much of their meaning stems from the sun itself. They're a symbol of happiness and vitality (no wonder you get a little burst of energy when you look at one) but according to Greek myth, they also represent unwavering adoration.

If that sounds like a message you'd like to send to a special someone (or if you just want to brighten someone's day) we recommend our Smile bouquet with a choice of five or seven sunflowers.

5. Marigolds

You may have heard of marigolds as a magical bunny repellant used to line flower beds (bunnies don't like eating the stems). They're a common, simple and hardy flower that packs a lot of color in a single blossom.

But sometimes, flowers and their meanings don't need to be flashy in order to be symbolically rich and significant.

For example, marigolds often mean the warmth of the rising sun, winning someone's affections through hard work, or promoting cheer and good relations. But marigolds can also mean despair over the loss of a love or a celebration of the dead.

This is why marigolds are a cultural staple in Mexico, specifically in Dia de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.

Whatever meaning you're looking to communicate with marigolds, our Leaves bouquet is just the thing to do it.

6. Oriental Lilies

The lily family is enormous, from stargazers to tiger lilies. But when summer rolls around, oriental lilies are the star of the show.

These are the most dramatic lilies of the lily family with huge, star-shaped flowers in pink, yellow, white, or crimson with a spicy scent.

Lilies grow all over the world and are significant to a number of cultures. For example, lilies are often in high demand in China for weddings because their name sounds like the start of a phrase wishing the couple a happy union.

The Greeks and Romans also held them in high regard, often associating them with the feminine.

These days, lilies have a variety of meanings from passion to motherhood to regality to renewal.

Our Summer Meadow arrangement features a collection of oriental lilies paired with roses, tulips, and white monte casino aster.

7. Calla Lilies

Last but certainly not least on our list of summer flowers and their meanings is the regal, classic calla lily.

Few blossoms are quite as elegant or distinctive as the calla lily, with a range of shades including red, yellow, orange, pink, white, and deep burgundy. Despite the name, it isn't actually part of the lily family.

In the Victorian and ancient Greek traditions, the calla lily represents overwhelming beauty, while in Christianity they often represent faith and purity. They're also a symbol of resurrection and overcoming challenges, as the flowers can survive deep frosts and start regrowing in a vase.

Our Pure Essence bouquet is a showcase of the clean beauty of calla lilies paired with white hydrangea.

Flowers and Their Meanings in a Bouquet

Who knew summer flowers could be so symbolic?

Let us help you send the right message through flowers, whatever that message may be. Click here for a look at what bouquets and arrangments are on sale today, or get in touch with us to ask about delivery options for any occasion.